now the observation and forecasting code reads human readable information
in addition to grabbing the METAR encoded data. We need to parse that METAR format more completely.
Detailed information about windspeed, humidity, temperature, visibility,
and other information is contained within a coded METAR message. It
would be useful to support processing this encoded message as it would
allow better observation and forecast retrieval rather than relying
on the fewer sources of observations and forecasts that are already
several good reference sites for METAR parsing. Here are some I've found:
is a sample METAR observation: ftp://weather.noaa.gov/data/observations/metar/decoded/KDCA.TXT
Some basic METAR processing and retrieval code is already in this package.